The beginning of the year was quite challenging for Maldives because of the political crackdown. Despite this, reports indicated that the number of foreign arrivals to the archipelago country has increased by 10 per cent during the first six months of this year. The tourism industry saw a lot of bookings for Maldives villas which is one of the affordable options for accommodation in the tourist island.
During the first six months, the whole country was in a state of unrest because neighbouring countries have been criticizing the former president because he refused to leave the office and there are issues about the administration locking up their opponents so they can remain in power.
It is not surprising that the white-sand archipelago located in the Indian Ocean is still one of the top destinations for many. Figures released by the tourism ministry proved that the number of international arrivals have increased by 10 per cent for the year-on-year. For the first six months of 2018, the country received 726,515 tourists.
During the month of February this year, the former president of the country Abdulla Yameen mandated that Maldives should be under the state of emergency for 45 days. This is in an effort to prevent any impeachment against the administration since the top court ordered that nine of the MP rebels that were fired by Yameen should be given their positions back.
This is when the arrests started happening beginning with the chief justice and then a judge from the Supreme Court. The half-brother of Yameen who used to rule the country for three decades until 2008 was also arrested. Everything came to a standstill during the recent election, which happened on the 23rd of September.
Many of the neighbouring countries were worried about the happenings in Maldives including Washington and the European Union. It was a good thing that the country was able to rise from it all with the election of the new president. A spokesman from the democratic party said that the luxury resorts including Maldives villas are still trying to get back up but there is no doubt that the number of tourists continues to rise.